Lithuanian good samaritan praised for helping police officer in need

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A ‘good samaritan’ has been praised for coming to the aid of a police officer threatened with a hyperdermic needle.

The police officer was on ununiformed patrol in the Carlton Road area of Boston at 8pm yesterday (Sunday) when he ‘had cause’ to conduct a routine drugs stop search on a man acting suspiciously.

A police spokesman said; “Upon being challenged this male tried to escape and a struggle took place where the police officer ended up wrestling with the man in the middle of the road.

“At this time a member of the public who could see the officer struggling came and offered assistance to the officer and helped to restrain him.

“During the struggle the suspect threatened the officer with a hypodermic needle.

“Thankfully with the assistance of the courageous member of the public the suspect was arrested without anyone being injured.”

Chief Insp Daryl Pearce said: “I would like to express my thanks to that member of the public.

“He is a 30-year-old local Lithuanian man.

“Too often we hear negative stories in the community relations arena.”

He added: “This demonstrates in a positive way the relationship the police do have with their local communities which includes members of all nationalities.”

The man was taken to police custody for questioning.